President Barack Obama being administered the oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts for the second time, on January 21, 2009.
President Barack Obama being administered the oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts for the second time, on January 21, 2009. (from here)

The title of ColorStorm‘s latest post is Two cents can bring a change. It is about words we can trust. It is about why we can trust the Bible. The next to the last sentence includes these words.

Oh how we cherish they whose words are sure.

I wonder about that sentence. I wonder how many of us do cherish those whose words are sure. I think about the people we honor today, the honesty of people we elect, and I shudder.

I was a boy when I first studied the Constitution. As I observed the checks and balances the document contains, I experienced a measure of anxiety. Why? If the president, for example, wants to do something that the Constitution does not give him the power to do, unless House of Representatives is prepared to impeach him and the Senate is prepared to try him and convict him (with the Chief Justice presiding), the president can attempt to do whatever he wishes. How could a system like that work? But it seemed to be working. So with childish confidence, I ceased to worry.

Decades later I begin to understand another important check on presidential powers — on the powers of all our government officials. The Constitution requires an oath on three occasions: during trials of impeachment (Article 1, Section 3), before the President enters on the execution of his office (Article 2, Section 1), and before all the public officials of this nation enter on the execution their office.

Why are these oaths significant? When the Constitution was written, Americans still took pride in their word being taken as their bond. To defend their honor, which they regarded as sacred, they understood they must support the Constitution with a full regard to the original intent of the men who wrote it. They could not pretend the Constitution is a living document. They could not act as though the Constitution says whatever they wished it to say. If they had given their word to support Constitution, then they were bound by their honor to support it.

But that was life times ago. The people who first fought for our nation’s freedom, the men who wrote the Constitution, the people who affirmed the Constitution as the Law Of The Land, the people who first made the Constitution work — they are dead and buried now. They made their choice to support the the Constitution as the Law Of The Land. Their choice they have bequeathed to us.

But how did they do it? Why can’t we do it? Why are we failing? Why did their leaders strive to keep their oaths whereas too many of our leaders do not seem to care? Why did George Washington add these words to his oath: “So help me God” (What ‘So Help Me God’ Meant to George Washington and Did George Washington Actually Say “So Help Me God” During His Inauguration?)?

Consider. Do enough of us do cherish Him whose words are sure? Did people use to read the Bible and cherished it? How many read the Bible now? Is the Bible still a best seller just because books have become inexpensive and enough people want to be seen carrying a Bible or to display one in their homes? If so, then why should we be surprised that too many of our leaders do not keep their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution?

Read ‘s post, Two cents can bring a change. Think about how the Bible changed history. Let your curiosity be aroused. Then, especially if you have not done so, read the Bible. Check the Bible’s veracity, and let it change your heart.


  1. Ha CT,

    You gave much more than two cents worth 😉

    But I love your emphasis on those four English words: So help me.God. Words like that are just not appreciated for the sobriety they suggest. They are not closing words to fill an empty spot, or words used to fill an awkward silence.

    But kudos to you and your post here; you escalated the ‘change’ to an awesome level, and yep, we are sadly reminded that the ‘fundamental change’ promised, has teeth, because of the train wreck caused (per ib22) while the passengers slept.

    But yep, change is within reach for all of us, but thankfully, God changes not, and we can be sure……..unlike Westinghouse, even though the slogan was very clever.

    Tkx again Tom for the consideration, you are the best.

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    1. @ColorStorm

      The best? I thought I was just stealing other people’s material?

      Seriously, I was just inspired by your post, and I want others to read it. Hopefully, I gave them a good enough reason.

      Thank you.

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  2. Very good post Tom as was ColorStorm’s original. I think the Founders actually saw this day coming and is why they took such pains to create a limited government with clearly separated powers. As the years go by, those important documents that good men died to create become smaller and smaller as man’s ego and pride grows. Many in govt think THEY know better how people should live and pesky things like the Constitution just get in their way. The problem is the citizenry as you say puts up with this. Basic American principles are not really mentioned in school or openly taught as being a bad thing. Kids don’t learn about the importance of freedom and the tyranny that comes with putting the importance of the “common good” over the individual. Society is suffering spiritually too and so are always looking for the next “Messiah” to make them feel better about themselves. This seems to effect Liberals more than Conservatives, at least that’s been my observation.

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    1. I tend to agree with Tricia, our president is a narcissist. They can be very charismatic and charming, partially because they are good at tickling ears…yet keeping everything vague enough that it is only your imagination that has been inspired. I’ve never heard such empty rhetoric, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

      “Society is suffering spiritually too and so are always looking for the next “Messiah” to make them feel better about themselves.”

      Yes. That’s really scary because it makes us ripe for the plucking.

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    2. When we let politicians decide how children should be educated, that was a dire mistake. People grow up now without ever learning to appreciate what our nations founders believed or how difficult it was for them to give us the system of government we are now losing.

      What makes someone a Liberal or a Conservative? Education matters. What we believe about God and the purpose of our lives matters. Experience also matters.

      If You Are Not a Liberal at 25, You Have No Heart. If You Are Not a Conservative at 35 You Have No Brain. (from => http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/24/heart-head/)

      I am prejudiced, of course, but I think I have a brain.

      I was raised in a family full of Democrats. I guess most of them still vote that way. My brothers and sisters are smart people, but the sales talk of a politician can be very attractive, particularly when the education establishment and the news media backs it up. Barack Obama should have been impeached and convicted. Hillary Clinton should be in jail. Yet there they are still singing the siren song of Socialism.

      Too many of our elites are in cahoots. They think that because they are rich and in charge everything must be fine and dandy. Thus, the blind lead the blind, the victims of their own success and overweening pride.

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      1. It’s true what you say Tom, especially about a lot of Democrats being smart people. I have very close friends and family who I would not label as dumb at all and who are very good people. They just buy in to the “government cares about you by spending money bs.” This is difficult to overcome in the quick soundbites that constitutes how most get their news today. Things are shifting hard now, not sure how it will all play out.

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  3. Amen, Tom! What a train wreck of a society we are creating. I suppose that lamentation is familiar to anyone who has lived long enough to watch the culture change, but still this path we are on just doesn’t bode well.

    Colorstorm once wisely wrote about the Meebots, those who are so self absorbed they simply want their ears tickled. They do not seek the words of a good man, but rather a blank slate that they can project their own hopes and dreams upon. Our current president understood narcissism well and capitalized on it. We have become confused about our will versus the common good, about the need to elect people who will serve not us and our feelings,but the nation over all.

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    1. Meebots? Yes that was a wise observation.

      Our current president understood narcissism well and capitalized on it.

      Does Obama understand narcissism, or does he merely with his confident example give permission to those who wish to display and act upon their own narcissistic tendencies? I don’t know. I am just perceptive enough to see the arrogance.

      Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.


      We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those boys who have so little, who’ve been told that they cannot have what they dreamed, that they cannot be what they imagine.

      Yes, they can. We are the hope of the father who goes to work before dawn and lies awake with doubt that tells him he cannot give his children the same opportunities that someone gave him. (from => http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/06/AR2008020600199.html)

      Just by voting for Barack Obama and other Democrats we all become the hope of the world? That is what Obama is still saying. Yep! Put me in charge and all your problems are solved.

      Our forebears wanted to be allowed to keep what they had earned with their own labor. They wanted the opportunity to work to improve their own lives and for the betterment of their families and their communities. No guarantees. No demands on others. Just the hope their hard work would be rewarded.

      The “change” America’s founders sought was in trying to live God’s Word. The Bible says to love your neighbor as your self, and they believed. So our forebears stopped striving to rob each other and began respecting and protecting each others rights.

      Obama’s “change,” what the statists preach, is godless Socialism, the worship of the state. Even though it costs the liberty of the individual, what statism boils down to is the worship of our self. Those who make government their god do so for the same reason men worship any other idol. They believe that by worshiping that idol they will get what they want. It is not the idol the love; it is their self.

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      1. As far as Obama’s narcissism, I think he suffers from the classic diagnosis of narcissistic personal disorder which goes way beyond just being self absorbed and over confident. It’s a vicious psychotic disorder which ruins anyone in relationship with the person suffering from it. Now imagine the most powerful nation in the world being governed by such a man and how much damage can come from it. Oops, I guess we don’t have to imagine.

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